Raccoon – Puzzler & Mastermind

Origin & Name Raccoons evolved around water sources. People observing them gave them names describing their ‘washing’ behavior. Scientific name – Procyon lotor means “before-dog washer” in Latin Aztecs – Mapachitli – “one who takes everything in its hands” Chinese – Orsetto lavatore “little-bear washing” Garman – Waschbär – “wash-bear” Italian – Araiguma – “washing-bear” Algonquian / Powhatan Indian – … Read More

North American Beaver – Water Banker

History In 1805, Lewis and Clark saw beaver dams “extending as far up those streams as [we] could discover them.” Even before the famous explorers, French trappers and traders were drawn to the land teeming with beaver. The beaver is North America’s largest rodent. Its pelt is waterproof and has a double layer of insulation making it highly desirable for human … Read More

Singing Coyote – the Ultimate Adapter

Coyote is the Most Vocal North American Land Mammal Canis latrans, the coyote’s scientific name, means ‘barking dog.’ Between 11-13 vocalization have been identified. Wildlife biologists have categorized several sound types; Combative & alarm – barks, woofs, growls, huffs, bark howls, yelps, and high-pitched whimpers The lone howl, the most recognized coyote vocalization, is thought to be a proclamation by … Read More

Alonzo Delano – Grass Valley Champion & Gold Rush Correspondent

At age 43, after being sick with consumption, Alonzo Delano left his home and loved ones to join the mass of gold-seeking emigrants making the overland journey to California (1849). In Illinois, he sold bank stocks and commodities and lived with his wife and two children; Fred an invalid son of 16 and Harriet, a six-year-old daughter.  After surviving the … Read More

Bobcat – Susceptible to Rat Poison

In Nevada County, we are mostly unaware of the small solitary wild cats that control rodent populations. Their stumpy tails inspired the common name –  bobcat. Rufus, the scientific species name, is derived from its brown coat. Habitat Bobcats are adaptable. They live in deserts, forests, and urban areas throughout North America. They live as far south as Northern Mexico and … Read More